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Sri Lanka sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

This unique resort will perfectly fit fans of sports, excursions, beach rest and extreme sporting activities. Sri Lanka is rich in places of interest, among which you will find ancient buildings, museums, nature reserves, modern entertainment complexes, and, of course, beautiful beaches.
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Galle Fort remains one of the most famous historic monuments. The fort is located in the city with the same name. It was built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then renovated by the Dutch during the 17th century. The fort has survived till our days in great condition despite numerous attacks, diverse weather conditions and devastating tsunami in 2004. There is a museum of the Dutch period in one of numerous buildings of the fort. Here visitors are welcome to see a rich collection of artifacts that belong to the colonial period. In the middle of the 20th century, a new 18 meters tall lighthouse was built on the territory of the architectural complex.
The most interesting religious landmark is located in the city of Kandy - Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. According to a legend, one tooth survived during the cremation of Buddha. This tooth has become the main artifact of the temple. Every year thousands of pilgrims arrive at the temple to bow to the relic. The temple was severely damaged during the terror attacks in 1998, but it was quickly restored and continues being a unique Buddhist sanctuary. There is an elephant park near the city. It has quickly become very popular with tourists. The park was open in 1975 by the order of the Wild Nature Department. Initially, the park was a shelter for abandoned and unhealthy elephants. One can see here baby elephants, parents of which were killed by poachers, wounded and ill animals that get all the necessary care. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Anuradhapura is an ancient city, the discovery of which became a great success of archaeologists. The city was explored in 1820; according to scientists, Anuradhapura was founded yet in the 4th century B.C. and was inhabited until the 9th century. There are new buildings near the ancient ruins. These are mostly living houses and small craft producers. Anuradhapura is one of the most famous landmarks of the prehistoric era in the country. Scientists found here several thousands of precious artifacts, which can be seen in the Museum of Archaeology. Those guests of the country, who enjoy walking in picturesque forests, as well as fans of alpinism, are recommended to make an excursion to Sigiriya Mount that has become a symbol of the island.

History and Entertainment

Sri Lanka is very popular with tourists who prefer vacationing far from modern noisy megacities and enjoying natural beauties. In recent years, the number of travelers visiting the country had grown significantly. Such an increasing concern for the country had no impact on its identity and inimitable culture, which can be felt literally everywhere. During the year, a lot of interesting holidays are celebrated in the country. Most of them have the Buddhist routes.
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The most significant holiday for local people is Duruthu Perahera celebrated in January. On this day, residents of Sri Lanka celebrate the first appearance of Buddha. In the country, even the New Year is celebrated in a special way, on 16 April. One of the most meaningful national holidays for local people is the Independence Day celebrated on 3 February. On this day, the country broke free from Great Britain. The national holiday always goes hand in hand with fascinating celebrations. You can see festive parades in the streets. The holiday is not without breathtaking dance performances and official ceremonies.
Sri Lanka is notable for its rich deposits of precious stones. You can buy accessories with them in local jewelry stores at very attractive prices. Jewels are some of the most popular items foreign tourists buy. Those who do not want to spend too much money on gifts should pay their attention to hand-made wooden items. In every shop, you can buy beautiful figures of elephants that are a state symbol. Craftsmen also make very beautiful masks. The most precious gifts are items made of ebony.
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Sri Lanka has long been famous as a place where tea plantations are cultivated, so tea sets are very popular souvenirs here. In Sri Lanks, shopping enthusiasts can visit not only shopping malls and shops, but also beautiful markets. Visit them if you are looking for rare spices, food specialties, leather beautiful clothes and accessories, and cosmetics of the local production. The latter is attractive due to the fact that it is made only of natural components.

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Famous and uniques places in Sri Lanka from our review series

Hikkaduwa Beach

From the series “Most Fabulous and Magic Beaches”
Tourists who are going to visit the former Ceylon will be able to relax on the exotic beach in Hikkaduwa. A wide range of travelers know this picturesque Sri Lankan beach as the Orange beach. It owes its name to the sand of saturated orange color. The coast looks magnificent at sunset, when the sand is painted in rich golden hues.

The scenic beach is framed by thickets of exotic plants. It’s also worth noting that Hikkaduwa features a large-scale tourist infrastructure. There are many hotels, restaurants and cafes along the beach. Some parts of the coast are equipped with sun loungers and parasols. By nightfall, the beach turns into an open-air disco. During high season, incendiary parties with music and dancing are held there literally every night.

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Bentota Beach

From the series “Top 15 Most Romantic Beaches on Earth”
Lovers of romance who will relax in Sri Lanka, should definitely visit the picturesque Bentota beach. It has been named after the river of the same name and is located in the place where the river flows into the ocean. Palm trees complement the marvelous landscapes. The beach of Bentota is quite large, it will be an excellent place for hiking. The most attractive time for visiting the beach is a period from November to April. At this time the ocean is very calm.

Not far from the enchanting beach, several chic hotels were opened, which are often chosen by honeymooners. It should be mentioned that this area is popular among wealthy travellers. The choice of first-class hotels and possibilities for unforgettable recreation is simply huge. Here, excellent conditions for celebrations were … Read all

Sri Lanka Meteorite

From the series “Most Curious Artifacts of Extraterrestrial Origin”
Every meteorite fallen to the earth has not only unique outlines, but also the unique composition. The latter is highly esteemed by the researchers because the elements contained in the meteorite can be the proof of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. A good confirmation of this theory is the meteorite found in Sri Lanka. The fossilized remains of the extraterrestrial aquatic plants have been discovered.

The meteorite was found by Chandra Wikramasingha, who later investigated him. The professor's opinion was strongly criticized. His opponents said that the meteorite had spent too much time on the earth and was 'polluted' here with the fresh water plants. At the end of December 2012 the researchers from the Cardiff University found a meteorite with the remains of similar … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Sri Lanka

Colombo
One of the most beautiful architectural monuments in the city is the Presidential Palace. It was built in the 18th century and is still used for its intended purpose. In this majestic building with columns is the presidential residence. Near the majestic building is a beautiful square as well as several iconic monuments. During a walk in the Park Talangama Wetlands, the natural beauty can be admired. Its main feature is the diversity of birds living in these places. Not only inquisitive … Read more

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